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Defuniak Springs Lakefest- AKA Kayak and Canoe Camping Course

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Defuniak Springs Lake

1140 circle drive

DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435

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ABOUT LAKE FEST

LakeFest is an annual festival hosted by the City of DeFuniak Springs and held the third weekend in May on the banks and on the water of beautiful Lake DeFuniak in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. This perfectly-round spring-fed lake is one mile in circumference and is the centerpiece of the City’s historic district – a district mostly comprised of a once-gated resort opened in 1885 for the annual Florida Chautauqua Assemblies lasting until 1927. The lake provided the venue for recreational activities of the Florida Chautauqua resort/campus such as canoeing, swimming and boating excursions while many of the unique structures on the bank of Lake DeFuniak provided for classes, speeches and sessions in the areas of art, education and religion. The train depot near the lake served as the main gate onto the campus which once included a grand hotel to house the many of the 4,000 people a day who once coveted this unique piece of American culture and history.

Today, the resort grounds are on the National Registry of Historic Places where most of the structures, cottages and majestic homes were built during the Victorian era to comprise the campus once marketed as “The Education Resort of the South.” The lake remains the centerpiece of this charming community.

In 2014, Mayor Bob Campbell, in partnership with numerous volunteers and organizational leaders, conceptualized and hosted the first LakeFest Festival to bring another quality event to DeFuniak Springs for families to enjoy. Roughly 2,500 people attended that year, and the event has grown ever since by recreational tourists. The event today is comprised of canoe, kayak, paddle board and cardboard boat races, water slides, kids’ activities, live entertainment, a car show, food and craft vendors and educational exhibits relating to safe recreational activities on the water.

ABOUT THE KAYAK AND CANOE CAMPING COURSE

The American Kayaking Association (AKA) will be hosting a kayak and canoe camping course as part of our Everybody Paddles national initiative. Friday evening from 7-10pm. This 3-hour course will be geared to the novice paddler wanting to take it to the next level and plan an overnight trip. Our certified instructors will teach participants the basics needed for a successful kayak or canoe overnight camping expedition. Night time paddle included.

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